The Bauer Kitchen

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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary American
The Bauer Kitchen is an energetic up-market 'bistro' set in a SoHo inspired, restored felt factory. The industrial steel, concrete floors, reclaimed wood and custom lighting combine to create a uniquely warm backdrop for your dining experience. Chef Todd Clarmo has assembled a spectacular menu of classic items prepared with the freshest local ingredients. An extensive ‘wine by the glass’ menu has been created by our sommelier to pair perfectly with each menu item.
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OT
1 review
Dined 10 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, friendly staff, and great food!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. Loved having a whole menu dedicated to plant-based options as well as even options for gluten-free meals.

IC
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This used to be my favourite restaurant in Waterloo. They may have changed chefs or something because it just isn't as good any more. Not sure what happened.

MM
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Vegan scramble was tasteless and the food was cold. Nothing great about the breakfast

RW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We had asked for a quiet area as we were celebrating our Fathers 95th Birthday, it was not very quiet. Other than that it was very good and our father appreciated the piece of cake with the candle in it.
Thanks

LF
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love that Bauer Kitchen now has a plant based menu for brunch and all day eats. The food is fantastic, service is always great and we love the atmosphere!

CC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Great prices. Awesome atmosphere. Definitely recommend this tucked away treasure.

KB
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere was awesome, our server Ty was a doll, super sweet and attentive. Food was incredible. Definitely would reccomend!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jordan did a great job keeping us on time for our theatre tickets. As usual the food was wonderful.

TU
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Found service to be slow. Our server was great, he just seemed swamped. Took 90 minutes for lunch on a Tuesday.

KM
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food and service was great. We really enjoyed our evening.

JA
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I’ve been many times and this wasn’t our best experience. Unfortunately the food was not up to par and the service was pleasant but slow.

KC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

It was a busy day in the restaurant. However, that doesn't make lukewarm food acceptable. Had to ask for butter and jam for my dry toast. Didn't get any jam. Had to ask for spoons to mix milk in coffee.

J
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Waited long for our wine, spent $38 on steak that only came with a little but of mashed potatoes (no veg). Asked for sauce on the side instead of on the steak but it came on the steak.

Waited long, left hungry with my pockets empty.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food and service were good.Portion size was very small.I had the New Year Eve special of King Crab Gnocchi and it was small,like very small.

CM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic New Year’s Eve dinner! Great service and food. Nice way to start our evening.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Food was definitely not up to par. Was very disappointed. New Year’s Eve menu.

PH
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Should have had a bit more decorations for New Years but everything else was great

SU
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit to the Bauer Kitchen and it didn’t disappoint. I was meeting a friend I hadn’t seen in a long time. Our server was wonderful, very welcoming and super friendly. We were seated in a quiet corner so we had no trouble catching up. Our food was excellent- the Bauer Salad is simply to die for. We will be back!

p
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, great food...what else can you ask for?

D
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Nice place and good service. But Over priced food and drinks. French toast all by itself on plate? $19 for a personal pizza. Breakfast dishes way out of whack in cost. Pay $2 to add toast to a $16 omelette?? Which comes with no protein. Not impressed and they should do better as lots of potential. Don’t need to return.

The Bauer Kitchen
Responded on January 1, 2020

Hi there, thanks for the feedback! Our goal is to offer great value through fresh, high quality ingredients, and we never want our guests to leave hungry or disappointed. It would be most helpful to know a few more details about your experience, such as the party size and the time of your reservation, so that we can follow up with our team. If you'd like to provide further insight, please email msamimi@charcoalgroup.ca Hope to see you again soon, TBK

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. You always know you’ll get a good meal when you go to Bauer Kitchens.

CN
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best calamari that I have ever had. Server was great.

WK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We had brunch on Saturday. The restaurant was very busy. The service was excellent the did was great. The only downside is the noise, it's almost impossible to carry on a conversation.

JD
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The Bauer Kitchen is one of my favourite restaurants in the Kitchener / Waterloo region. It's a fantastic place and the dishes are amazing. It was a little loud (the good kind) from it being a busy friday night and our servers were absolutely amazing. Always a warm smile, super helpful and always a pleasure!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas get together with friends! Service was excellent and the food was amazing!! Great value for the experience!!

We will be back!!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wait staff was very friendly and answered our questions with ease. She was efficient at bringing our drinks and at checking in with us. Meals were delivered by pleasant staff and were hot and very delicious!! Follow up during and after meal was excellent!!

JA
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, our server was fantastic and had a wonderful meal!

CC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was top notch! It never disappoints and I look forward to going again soon.

GS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!!

P
Toronto
25 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing time.

D
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Bauer Kitchen is a reliable go-to in Waterloo for solid, well-prepared food in a vibrant setting, backed up by pleasant service. We regularly have dinner here during family visits, and we've never been disappointed. Menu is middle-of-the-road stuff from flatbreads to burgers to entrees like roast chicken and steak frites -- but most dishes add a creative accent, and everything is top-quality and well prepared. You really can't go wrong here.

b
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

No surprise complementary birthday dessert this time for my guest...disappointing considering she and I always celebrate our bdays here twice a year. Did not get out requested high top booth either.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall the experience was great. My only problem was that when I went to pay for my meal, my server A) accepted the total for me so didnt give me the opportunity to confirm the total entered for myself and B) took me to the percentage part of how i wanted to tip and brought it down to the highest amount there. She lost $5 more of a tip for this reason. I still tipped %15 percent because over all it was great

OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience1

We were seated near the door by the cafe and froze ! Every time the door opened in the cafe it would send a blast of frigid air over our table.

LM
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and only a little big more expensive than the average meal. Keep in mind that the Bauer Kitchen serves gourmet food, so maybe price is very good.

LW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vegan menu was soooo good. The tempura California rolls were amazing, as was everything else we tried. Highly recommend.

e
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience @Bauer with friends.
The new plant based menu is incredibly yummy! Thanks for offering these options.

LW
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Service was good. Food was cold. Didn’t enjoy my meal at all but I’m not a complainer. It was my choice and my fault. My salmon was way overdone and I didn’t like the flavours of the side dish.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early Christmas date. Good menu; the food was tasty and well presented. The prices are a little high though, especially for the drinks.

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